Cincinnati, OH – Urban Artifact, the all sour beer brewery known for their focus on fruited, sour beers, as well as experimental beers and the use of exotic ingredients, is releasing perhaps their strangest beer yet. That’s saying something for a brewery who releases a beer called “Pickle” every year (and yes, the taste is just as the name implies).
The brewery’s latest small batch beer is a farmhouse ale brewed with Musang King Durian – a large, pungent fruit popular in Southeast Asia known for its almond, sherry-wine and onion-like characteristics.
“The Durian is native to parts of Asia and is a seasonal tropical fruit available during the warmest parts of the year“, UA explained in a press release. Durian is primarily used in dessert dishes, but recently has become a popular pizza topping in China.
“To my knowledge this is the first durian beer to come out of Ohio,” said assistant brewer and brewing science student Charles Fitzpatrick. He added, “I am very excited to be part of something this unique so early in my career.”
Fitzpatrick and Bret Kollmann Baker, head brewer and co-founder of Urban Artifact, designed the recipe together to highlight the intense flavors associated with durian fruit. After the recipe was finalized they sourced nearly 50 whole Musang King Durians to be opened, pulped and placed into the fermenter. Once the ale was ready to be packaged, two variants were also created, a Chinese five spice infused batch as well as a dessert inspired version with lime, vanilla bean and nutmeg. Both variants will be available in the Urban Artifact Brewery taproom at the tapping on Tuesday 12-18-18.
As for the taste?
“This beer is not something you have ever experienced before,” said Kollmann Baker.
Rising demand for these fruits in parts of the world it is making it difficult to source large amounts of durian in Ohio, so this may be the only chance for quite some time to experience this one of a kind brew.